A year ago this past April, we had to have our sweet, hammock-loving Chihuahua Cordie put to sleep.  She had a very bad stroke and she wasn’t dealing with life well.  It broke our hearts and traveling just wasn’t quite the same.  

Our sweet girl was definitely a traveler and she has been missed greatly.

Cordie was an extremely good travler and she was always ready to “go”.  There are so many times she would stalk the car and try to jump in.  When we did get her into the car, she would get right into car seat and begin to demand us to drive forward. It was this spirit we hoped we would have when it was time to adopt a new member of the travel team, if we ever did.

Such a tiny boy at 8-weeks-old!

After taking time to allow our hearts to heal, we adopted Trip on February 24 this year when he was 8-weeks-old. The drive to get him was a little over two hour and it felt like it took forever, but we soon arrived and were greeted by who was his father. The father was half Shih Tzu and half Pomeranian which is a breed called Shiranian. They are usually anywhere between 4 and 15 pounds in weight, 7 to 12 inches in size, and extremely fluffy!

Artwork: Shih Tzu Image by ana_olly and Pomeranian Image by life_is_beautiful from Pixabay.

These Shiranian dogs are extremely smart so easy to train, friendly, and are small. That was just want I wanted; a pocket puppy that I could take with me EVERYWHERE! However, every place we looked the price was $500 USD and higher! I was getting extremely frustrated so I began to look at the local dog shelters. Unfortunately, the small dogs were adopted before we could see them and the large dogs would not work in our tiny RV. Scott was telling me not to get upset because the right dog would come along, but I was definitely getting frustrated.

Sound asleep as we drive home trying to come up with the perfect name.

We discussed his name and came up with so many, but nothing really seemed to work. Then, halfway home, Scott said something about how he couldn’t wait to see how he dealt with a “real road trip.” It dawned on both of us, we would always be “taking a trip” and that was how we knew his name was TRIPP. No matter where we went we would be “taking a TRIPP.”

Scott and I usually stop in for a good dose of coffee before we head out to collect counties; Trip gets to enjoy pup-cups!

Tripp is a very good traveler. He is just a puppy still, but we hope he will be as much fun as Cordie was. That girl was always ready to go and often times was seen circling the car when she saw us putting luggage in the car. So far he hasn’t figured out the difference is us going somewhere and us traveling, but he is smart enough, I think he will figure it out soon.

Tripp visited his very first State Park in Missouri on March 20, 2022.
Many sticks were carried on the trail.

We were able to take him to his very first State Park and collect his first five counties in March. He was very excited about it. Since he loves to collect sticks, he had a very difficult time choosing one. He would pick one up on the trail and within minutes find another one he would rather have. Unfortunately, we had to explain to him that we do not take things from the parks. He was not amused.

Above is a short video of Tripp his first three months with us. He has brought us so much happiness and we do hope we are making him happy as well.

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